I took small steps towards this massive studio with wooden floors,
slightly running out of breath from running up the flight of stairs,
alone and slightly intimidated, but eager and determined,
I walked in to this new world I have never been before.
Bright, cheerful K-pop beats blasted from behind that white door,
Should I walk in? Should I walk away?
I’ve put in the effort to come, so I walked in.
All these new faces I could not recognise, greeted with warmth.
A petite girl, with long hair and wears glasses, greeted me first.
She knew I was nervous, I could tell. Without her greetings, I probably wouldn’t’ve came to class again.
With such a bright smile, she welcomed me and introduced herself, her name was Eva.
Knowing her real age was the most shocking moment I’ve ever had in my life.
I looked to the other side of the room, the dance teacher was very energetic.
He seemed like he was a fully charged alkaline battery.
His name was John, and I thought he was Indonesian, too. Or maybe that we were related somehow.
He is now one of my best friends, my twinsie, to be exact.
As I paid the class fee, another girl with a friendly smile greeted me.
She had a beautiful silky long hair and a charming smile.
I remember when I saw her dancing for the first time, I thought she was an amazing dancer.
She was the first member I got very close with.
I remember seeing a lot of people, but I remember three guys and one girl in particular.
Deric, Rashaun, Jake, and Theresa.
They all seemed really close and they were also really loud, mostly Theresa though, with a lot of teasing from Rashaun and Jake.
They may seem intimidating at first, but they asked me if I enjoyed the class, so I thought they were really friendly, too.
Compared to everyone else, I wasn’t that knowledgeable in K-pop, so I felt intimidated.
I kept coming to class because of these people.
They are all very different from each other, but they were connected through the same interests.
I felt like I want to be a part of their world. To be a part of them.
Going to dance classes felt like the highlight of the week.
It became something I really look forward to. It became a part of my routine.
The more time I spent with these guys, the more I enjoyed their company.
We even started to hang out together outside of classes and got chances to perform in public.
Somewhere along the journey, I got to meet some more amazing people.
JD, Gisselle, Liv, Laura, and EK.
They are unique in their own ways, and when one of them didn’t show up to class, it felt different.
JD who is very knowledgeable in games and is a wonderful dancer,
Gisselle, Liv, and Laura who are quiet but when talking about their favourite idols they would have a very bright spark in their eyes,
and the doll-like EK who is just one of the funniest and the most adorable persons I’ve ever known in my life.
The more we travelled along this journey together, the more I got to know about everyone.
Deric, who is always calm and collected, yet he always knows how to react in every situations. Did I mention that he is also very sneaky? He is the calm troll.
Eva, who is the oldest between us, yet she is very young-spirited and very loveable. Did I mention that she has a very sexy look on her face when she’s dancing?
Janis, who is usually calm, yet when she laughs she doesn’t stop until she cries and she needs a box of tissues. Did I mention that she is also an amazing actress with a hint of 4-D awesomeness?
Theresa, who is very loud, yet you know when you come to her with your problems, she will try her best to help you out. Did I mention that she is also an amazing stylist?
Rashaun, who is also very loud, yet he is very critical about things and always point out things that the rest of us might fail to see. Did I mention that he freestyles really well?
John, who is very professional and takes his dance teaching career seriously, yet he is an incredibly funny person and has the best laugh I’ve ever heard. Did I mention that he is only 22 years old?
Besides them, later on I met one more person that I never thought would end up being my best friend.
She joined us the latest, yet she managed to capture everyone’s hearts because she is that loveable.
She’s not just an amazing dancer and photographer, but also an amazing friend.
Her name is Erin.
Erin, you are one of the greatest friends I’ve ever known and I love you for it.
I can’t even say how amazing you really are.
You. Are. Im. Pres. Sive. 😉
Together, we’ve been through many ups and downs.
I think I actually got a lot of abs exercise from all of our KDHD moments.
Especially the day we decided to prank John on his birthday.
Never did I thought that I would get a surprise party in return.
Earlier today, these guys prepared a surprise party for me before I leave.
I did not understand what the surprise was until I saw the whiteboard and the decorated wall.
So, I’m sorry if my reaction wasn’t as great as you guys expected!
I have been fasting all day and my brain could not process things fast.
Still, I appreciate what you guys did, it was really sweet as I’ve never had that before.
As I’m typing this and trying to remember what happened today, I could feel my tears coming up while I smile.
I promised myself not to cry, because this won’t be the end.
And even though I’m leaving on Monday, I will come back soon. For good.
I have spent about one year with them, and I intend to spend a lot more in the future.
As we had moved studios twice, our relationship grew deeper.
We no longer dance in the same studio we all first met, but we are still friends because we love it.
We dance together, we laugh together.
I really think of you guys as my family.
Thank you for everything.
I’ll see you guys again soon 🙂
Well, hello there, my friends! (You, you know who you are)
So I’ve been pretty much on a hiatus for the past 2 weeks or so and it was due to my exam period. I only had two exams, but since these two will be my last exams in the undergraduate program (cue complaints-about-how-freaking-old-i-feel in 3…2…), I had to make sure I was studying properly.
So my exams went pretty well, I’d say. There was this weird feeling of “is-this-how-freedom-feels-like” when I walked out of the last exam. From now on I’ll be doing things such as getting ready to move out, preparing for my graduation, ordering my graduation dress, waiting for my Masters degree offer (fingers crossed I’ll get it!)…
People do different things after they had just finished their final (final) exams, some people have a feast in a good quality restaurant, some people drink until they pass out, some people party hard or go pub crawling…and then there are some people like me.
Right after my exam, I went straight to my K-pop dance class and jammed like nuts because I’ve been missing the classes for a week to focus on my study. It was the perfect moment that we learned Teen Top’s “Crazy” for the casual class. After the classes were over, John (my dance mentor) said that we should go out today and do some filming on random spots in Brisbane city for our promotional video. Erin, Dayne, Emily, and I were available today so we just decided that we will meet up in the city at 11 am.
While we were talking about our plans on Facebook last night, I just thought of something fun. You see, today was supposed to be a National Pyjamas Day (http://www.pyjamaday.com), so my friend who is a volunteer for the Pyjama Foundation told me about it and I was so keen so I told my friends that we should totally shoot some public k-pop dancing videos in our pyjamas. In the end, only Emily joined me in her disguised pyjamas though. I rocked my hot red penguin pyjamas and bunny ears, dancing K-pop songs in public.
Why? Well, because why the hell not.
We were pretty concerned this morning because it rained pretty much the whole night and day today, but we didn’t give up and insisted to continue with our video shooting (it didn’t rain that hard anyway, who are you to rain on my parade!)! I’ll post the video up when we’ve got it edited and good to go 🙂 Dayne helped us with the recording, and then Vitale and Taichi also joined us for some good fun! Oh, and Taichi also wore his sleeping attire, but not as bright as my pyjamas though.
Honestly, I was worrying a lot when I left my house, but then the longer the time went, the more I went “ah well, whatever”. I noticed a lot of WTF stares from people, there was even this girl who tried to flick my bunny ears when I went to Coles (to buy a bottle of water). Then the sweet Coles cashier girl smiled really brightly and said “Your bunny ears are so cute! And your hair looks awesome!” and that just really made my day. One more reason to love Brisbane: the random comments you get from strangers when you stand out in public.
Good things really do happen when you don’t care what other people think and you just know that you’re having fun with your great friends 🙂 So here’s a snapshot of us today (courtesy of Erin’s camera)
From now on I’ll try to be more active here, you’ll see! Good night!